Lake Wairarapa Wader survey counts

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Lake Wairarapa Wader survey counts

Postby Joanna10 » Sun Dec 03, 2017 3:32 pm

Below is the results of the wader bird count from Lake Wairarapa conducted on November 17th:

52 black shags
6 little black shags
11 little shags
11 white-faced herons
2 Australasian bitterns
42 royal spoonbills
3194 black swans
7 Canada geese
55 feral geese
270 paradise shelducks
16 variable oystercatchers
416 pied stilts
8 banded dotterels
7 black-fronted dotterels
21 Pacific golden plovers
60 spur-winged plovers
1 sharp-tailed sandpiper
58 bar-tailed godwits
81 black-backed gulls
168 black-billed gulls
14 Caspian terns.

As per usual, some of the more numerous waterfowl (mallards, shoveler, grey teal) weren't counted, nor were passerines.
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Re: Lake Wairarapa Wader survey counts

Postby Oscar Thomas » Sun Dec 03, 2017 3:41 pm

There were 11 bittern seen there yesterday morning.
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Re: Lake Wairarapa Wader survey counts

Postby boneywhitefoot » Sun Dec 03, 2017 10:48 pm

Yes we saw 11 bitterns over the Lake yesterday.
This photo shows 5 of a group of 7 that flew past us, I could not get more that 5 in the frame at the same time. We saw 4 more that we know were not included in this group. ... ed-public/
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